General Information

Definition

Clinical radiology is a specialised branch of medicine that uses state of the art equipment and a range of techniques to capture images of the inside of the body. Clinical radiologists (radiologists) are qualified medical doctors who have undertaken another five years of additional study and intensive training to specialise in their field. They are... View Article

Safety

Clinical radiology uses three main kinds of imaging to create images of the inside of the body. These are: X-rays  and CT (computed tomography)  scans(previously called CAT scans), which use ionising radiation in the form of x-radiation to image the body MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans which measures the radio waves emitted while in an external... View Article

Benefits

The rapid advances in clinical radiology technology and theory have dramatically improved the diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury. Clinical radiology has a range of benefits for the patient: It can eliminate the need for exploratory surgery. It is used to determine when a patient needs surgery. It assists in making a diagnosis and... View Article

Risks

As with all medical procedures, clinical radiology does involve a level of risk. However the benefit of improved diagnosis and early treatment are considered by medical experts to significantly outweigh any risks. Being exposed to the radiation used in X-rays, whether in the form of plain radiography, CT scanning or fluoroscopy, carries with it a... View Article

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